Real Bride: Libby B.
Libby began her wedding planning by depicting the style for her wedding as well as her own personal wedding day style. She knew that so many decisions would just fall into place once she knew what she would be wearing. She fell in love with Anna Campbell bridal gowns for their elegance and the subtle ease their flowy chiffon provides. After finding that we were the closest store to carry the collection, she scheduled an appointment for our upcoming trunk show and traveled in from St. Louis to find her gown! We enjoyed getting to play a small part in their day and are so happy to share their photos by Carretto Studio.
From the bride: David & I were both born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. We knew we wanted a big wedding with all of our friends & family there, so the decision to have the wedding in our hometown was easy! The St. Louis Country Club, with its white stucco, red tile roof and black shutters, surrounded by green polo fields & a world renowned golf course makes it a one of a kind spot for a wedding. Aside from the picturesque setting, we knew that we wouldn’t just be “another wedding” at the country club and that the staff would be attentive and helpful throughout the planning process, which was really important to us!
I received the great advice that before doing (almost) any other wedding planning, I should pick my wedding dress. With a vision of a rustic and elegant wedding, using a palate of blush, grey, gold, and ivory, I scoured the internet for a dress that I could build my wedding around. With my sister’s help, we discovered Anna Campbell, and were thrilled to find that a bridal boutique in Kansas City was hosting an Anna Campbell trunk show later that month. After 1.5 hours at the trunk show, trying on a plethora of Anna Campbell dresses, I found THE ONE! I would encourage any bride-to-be to select a dress designer they love first, and then go after it!
For us, the ceremony was the most special part of the day. Our story is unique in that we have been good friends since middle school but didn’t start dating until the end of college. Under a floral chuppah overlooking polo fields, we exchanged vows which reflected the history that we have with one another and the special relationship we share. We, along with our 22 person wedding party, sniffled our way through the ceremony. We even had grown men coming up to us at the reception telling us we had them in tears! Our ceremony ended with the Jewish tradition of the breaking of the glass. We were so thrilled that David managed to break the glass that we almost forgot to kiss!
From the hotel welcome gifts, to the monogrammed bar, to the custom sugar cookie favors, to the raw seafood bar, I loved planning the little day-of details that would make our wedding uniquely “ours”. However, my dad gets credit for what was the most memorable day-of detail. He surprised us with a painter who was stationed off to the side during our ceremony, creating a beautiful panoramic painting. Guests were able to observe and visit with the painter during cocktail hour and David & I even got to pick up the paint brush and leave our mark on the amazing work of art that we will cherish forever.
When guests weren’t breaking it down on the dance floor, they could be found on the back patio, café lights strung about, enjoying Katz’s pastrami sandwiches (groom’s favorite), Imo’s pizza (bride’s favorite) or making s’mores at the bonfire. To close out the night, we drove away from the club through fountain fireworks that lined the driveway. Our friends & family cheered as we drove off and we couldn’t help but wish we could do it all over again!
Libby & David
September 10, 2016
Venue for Ceremony and Reception: St. Louis Country Club
Gown: Miranda by Anna Campbell
Hair & Make-up: Danielle Style
Photography: Carretto Studio
Bridesmaids: Joanna August from Bella Bridesmaid in St. Louis
Event Planner: Josie Littlepage with Cosmopolitan Events
Florist: Lisa Molitor with Belli Fiori
Bakery: The Cakery
Event Design: Bradley Baker with Contemporary Productions
Catering: Chef Paul at St. Louis Country Club
Paper Goods: Amanda Mathenia with Cheree Berry
Videographer: Vimage Weddings
Ceremony Music: Rosewood Quartet
Transportation: Best Transportation
Fireworks: Gateway Fireworks
Painter: Billy O’Donnell
Favors: CT Custom Cookie Treats
West End Tailor: They made the gorgeous flower girl dress incorporating an Anna Campbell embellishment we special ordered.